It’s that time again! How the holidays are already here is beyond me, but I am happily welcoming the colder weather, snow for skiing, and winter stews, soups and all things sweet potato and butternut squash.
Along with the holidays comes gift giving. A way to express just how much you care about and love the ones you share your life with. While many people find this time stressful and anxiety-ridden, I find it exciting! I absolutely adore the hunt for the perfect gift, that one thing that will brighten a face, bring about a moment of laughter or tears, or perhaps even a spark of inspiration for improving ones health. And being a health blog after all, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite healthy holiday gifts this year. Hopefully this will help you to pick that perfect something that will not only look beautiful under the tree, but will continue to give the gift of health and wellness all year long.
Healthy Holiday Gift Guide
For the Newbie to Plant-based Eating
There is nothing more essential for eating right than a healthy cookbook. From learning knife skills and how to stock a healthy pantry, to how to turn cauliflower into “mashed potatoes” and zucchini into “pasta,” gift a copy of one of these brilliant, yet accessible plant-based cookbooks, and become a master at plant-based cooking.
2. Wood Block Cutting Board with Tablet Stand
For all of you that love food blogs as much as I do, this gift is for you! It’s a cutting board with a stand for a tablet. This way you can cook while following along with the recipes online. Need a few food blog recommendations? Check out my favorites list here.
3. Vitamix High Speed Blender
No healthy kitchen is complete without a high speed blender. These bad boys turn frozen bananas into “ice cream,” kale into a creamy green smoothie, and turn nuts and dates into the most decadent desserts you’ve ever tasted. I personally use and recommend the Vitamix over other brands such as the Ninja, because I find that it is more powerful. It seems to make things smoother and creamier, which I believe is essential when transforming vegetables into irresistible dishes.
Gift a Vitamix Blender!
For the Athlete
1. Energy + Performance Supplements
I recently found a couple supplements that have been key to my overall athletic performance. The first one is a pre-workout supplement called Shroom Tech Sport by Onnit. It is made with Cordyceps, Ashwagandha, Green Tea, B12, and Rhodiola. It helps boost energy without the jitters, and sustains energy for endurance. This supplement has made a big difference not only in work out classes, but also for sports like skiing.
The other supplement I have been excited about is the Athletic Pure Pack by Pure Encapsulations. This is the perfect multivitamin for those who are active. It not only has a great blend of vitamins, minerals, omega 3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, but it also has specific nutrients that support ATP synthesis and muscle repair, lower inflammation, and lessen muscle soreness and fatigue.
2. Alo Yoga Women’s Moto Legging
Any woman knows that one of the keys for inspiring a trip to the gym, a sweaty yoga session, or a quick 2 mile run is an awesome pair of workout pants. These pair by Alo yoga are my inspiration. I recently got a pair and absolutely love them. Not only are they the perfect yoga pant, but they are also great during cross fit and other high intensity workouts, and double as an under layer for skiing. Love the versatility and the style!
Gift a pair of Alo Yoga Leggings!
3. Yoga Om Racerback Top
And just because no adorable pair of black leggings can be worn without a cute top, you’ve gotta grab this Om Yoga top. Perfect for all activities beyond yoga, throw on a cute sports bra and get going. One of my life staples.
Gift a Om Yoga Top!
4. Reversible Elephant Yoga Mat
Now that you’ve got the adorable outfit and the killer supplements, you need a stylish mat to yoga on. Gaiam is one of my favorite companies, especially when it comes to yoga mats. This one is the perfect balance of firmness and padding, ideal for an active Vinyasa flow practice and lots of inversions. Plus it is reversible so you can always match it to your outfit.
Gift the cutest yoga mat!
For the Beauty Maven
1. Eminence Firm Skin Acai Cleanser + Moisturizer
It’s never too early to start an anti-aging regime. With ongoing exposure to environmental toxins, chemicals, stress and sunlight, our skin is more vulnerable to aging than ever. My best protection is the Firm Skin line by Eminence. I absolutely love this brand because it is 100% all natural. It is made with all real foods and superfoods key for nourishing, strengthening and improving the skin and its texture. The best part is that it actually works. While you will be paying a little bit more, you will see results pretty quickly.
2. All Natural Mascara by W3LL People
Did you know that make up like mascara contains toxic ingredients that maybe harming your health? Now that you’re onto eating healthy, exercising and taking the right supplements, it is time to clean up the make up drawer. The best place to start is the mascara. If you are like me, mascara is the one thing I always like to wear. Even if I am going out in sweats, a few strokes of mascara makes me feel ready and awake. W3LL People is my favorite natural make up brand, which is why gifting this mascara must be on your list this year!
Gift the all natural Expressionist Mascara by W3LL People!
3. All Natural Nudist Lip Color by W3LL People
The second most important thing to a killer all natural mascara is an all natural lip color. Also by W3LL People, this lip color is the best. It is super hydrating, gives just the right hint of color to make you look naturally beautiful and radiant. Stuff a couple in the stocking, I promise it will be much appreciated!
Gift a stick of Nudist Lip Color by W3LL People!
4. Parvati All Natural Oil Fragrance
Did you know that conventional fragrances and perfumes are known toxins? That is why making the switch to natural oils is one of the healthiest moves to make. The good thing is that I’ve found something to take your favorite scent’s replace without hesitation. This oil, called Parvati, smells like freshly baked sugar cookies with a hint of seduction. It is made with vanilla and musk, and it is divine. I cannot tell you how many compliments I get on this scent making it the best gift ever!
Gift the all natural oil Parvati Fragrance!
For the Spiritually Minded
1. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
This book is one of those books that changes your life and your perspective. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence. This is a must read for all people who are looking for happiness and a way out of the circle of unhappiness that they feel entrapped by.
Gift the book, A New Earth!
2. Essential Oils Diffuser
One of the best ways to melt the stress away and to connect with your greater purpose is through essential oils. Essential oils not only touch the sense of smell, but also our emotions. Essential oils carry extremely high vibrations that literally change the way our cells work, helping to open our intuition, our divine purpose and limitless health. By using a diffuser you can infuse your home, bedroom and even office with healing oils, and breathe your way to peace. This diffuser by Urpower is one of my favorites. It is beautiful and quietly diffuses your favorite scents.
Gift a Wood Grain Diffuser by Urpower!
3. Essential Oil Starter Kit
Now that you’ve got the amazingly beautiful essential oil diffuser, it’s time to get the oils to go in it! My favorite essential oil company is DoTerra. While there are many essential oil brands on the market, most are cut with cheaper filler oils and some are not even made with the herbs claimed. DoTerra’s oils are the most powerful I have found, making them perfect for therapeutic purposes. I have been gifting this starter pack which includes the oils with the most uses. This includes peppermint, lemon and lavender.
Gift the DoTerra Essential Oil Starter Kit!
4. Ascended Masters Oracle Cards
This may seem pretty new age, but these Oracle cards are pretty powerful, and can be a great gift for that right person. The deck includes gorgeous paintings of 44 male and female cross-cultural deities, such as Ganesha, Merlin, Saint-Germain, Apollo, Pallas Athena, White Buffalo Calf Woman, Jesus, Moses, Yogananda, Green Man, and Kuthumi. Oracle cards can be used by anyone ( no “special” powers needed) who are looking for answers in their life, or a little direction. I ask a question about a crossroads in my life, how to deal with a difficult situation or relationship, or simply to request what I need to know for the day. Every time I receive the perfect answer, guiding me in the right direction. These cards are a great addition to your spiritual path, and for anyone looking to delve a little bit deeper inside.
Gift the Ascended Masters Oracle Cards!
There you go, your healthy holiday gift guide! I hope you have found some inspiration for healthy gifts this holiday season. Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!